Michele Shaw
Associate Professor 509-324-7282 SNRS 422A 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Dr. Michele Shaw has been a nurse for more than 20 years and has interacted with families and their children in a variety of settings. She has worked as a staff nurse in labor and delivery, antepartum, postpartum, and in home health care settings. Her research focus has been primarily on children with asthma and their families. She has a passion to continue learning about the family and child’s perspectives with goals to develop and test new nursing interventions to help improve the health and quality of life for this population. Dr. Shaw has extensive experience completing qualitative and quantitative research studies to explore pediatric asthma. Having a daughter with asthma herself, Dr. Shaw realizes the overwhelming presence that a chronic condition can play within the family and child’s everyday life. Other research interests include maternal child health, addictions, and the influence of technology/media on women’s birthing experiences.


  • PhD, Nursing Philosophy, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • MN, Washington State University, Spokane, WA
  • BSN, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA


Asthma, Children, Exercise, Families, Maternal/Child, Addictions, Technology


Chronic Conditions, Health Behaviors, Care Transitions, Family- Centered/Self-Management



  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Member 2006-present

Regional and State

  • Washington Asthma Initiative Research Committee, 2015-present
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses, 2014-present
  • Washington Asthma Initiative, 2011-present
  • Western Institute of Nursing, 2010-present
  • Washington State Nurses Association, 1998-present


  • Spokane Birth Outcomes Committee, Spokane WA, 2011-present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Chi Chapter, 2006-present
  • Education Committee, Sacred Heart Birthplace, Spokane WA, 1999-2002


Variables Impacting Hospitalization and re-admission among Children with Asthma.

Washington State Seed Grant Program
Shaw (PI)
09/01/11 – 08/31/12

The goal of this study was to: 1) Examine whether children with a history of hospitalization for asthma are at increased risk for all-cause hospital readmission in comparison to children readmitted for all other diagnoses; and 2) Among the subset of children admitted for a primary diagnosis of asthma, describe the HRV and FRV impacting hospitalization and subsequent readmission. Role: PI

Exercise Perceptions of Hispanic Children with Asthma.

Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grants
Shaw (PI)
09/01/12 – 8/31/13

The goal of this project was to compare findings from this study to a previously published grounded theory study to assess if findings remain the same or need to be revised with the addition of Hispanic children’s input. Role: PI

Preventing Hospital Visits among Children with Asthma: A Grounded Theory Exploration.

Washington State University Pullman New Faculty Seed Grant Program
Shaw (PI)
08/01/12 – 08/31/13

The goal of this project was to gain the perspective of families and their children about their experiences prior to, during, and post-discharge of their children’s hospitalization for asthma. Role: PI

First Time Mothers’ Experience of Self-preparing for Hospital Birthing via the Internet and or TV shows: A Heideggerian Phenomenological Study.

Washington State Seed Grant Program
Fleming (PI)
09/01/12 – 08/31/13

The goal of this study was to explore the use of media in preparing for birth among first time mothers. Role: Co-I

Rural Versus Urban Participants in the Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP): Are there Differences?

Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment (RMHSAT) Program of Excellence Seed Grant Program
Shaw (PI)
08/01/12 – 8/31/13

The goal was to compare rural vs. urban participants’ characteristics and outcomes at program intake, throughout the program, and at program exit. Role: PI

Grand Multipara’s Embodied Experiences of Natural, Technology-altered, and Oxytocin Births: A Heideggerian Hermeneutic Analysis.

HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Fleming (Co-I)
08/01/13 – 08/31/14

The goal of this project was to explore the 1) experiences of grant multiparous women who were exposed to technology during the birthing experience and 2) natural versus oxytocin augmented birthing experiences. Role: Co-I

Nurse Perceptions of Caring for Opioid Using Pregnant and Postpartum Women.

Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Shaw (PI)
09/01/13 – 08/31/14

The goal of the project was to gain an understanding of nurses’ perceptions of caring for opioid using women in an inpatient birthing center setting to improve care of this population of vulnerable women and children. Role: Sub-contract PI


Fleming, S., Vandermause, R., Severtsen, B. & Shaw, M.R. (2015). Experienced Mother’s Embodied Birth Experiences of Technology-Altered and Oxytocin Inductions: A Heideggerian Hermeneutic Analysis. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. (in peer review).

Benavides Vaello, S., Shaw, M.R., Oneal, G., Holliday, C., Katz, J. & Vandermause, R. (2015). Latina Novices in Diabetes Self-Care. International Diabetes Nursing. (in peer review).

Shaw, M.R., Lederhos, C., Howell, D., Haberman, M., Fleming, S., & Roll, J. (2015). Nurses’ Perceptions of Caring for Childbearing Women who Misuse Opioids. MCN The American Journal of Maternity Child Nursing. (in press).

Holliday, C., Bolster, C., Oneal, G., & Shaw, M.R. (2015). Suicide Assessment and Nurses: What Does the Evidence Show? Online Journal in Nursing. (published online 31 January). http://www.nursingworld.org/ojin/

Shaw, M.R., Grant, T., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Fleming, S., Henley, S., & Graham, C. (2015). Intervention with Substance-Abusing Mothers: Are there Rural-Urban Differences? The American Journal on Addictions, 24(2), 144–152. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2014.12155.x. PMID:25864603

Worrell, K., Shaw, M.R., Postma, J., & Katz, J. (2014). A Systematic Review of the Literature on Screening Children and Adolescents for Exercise-Induced Asthma. Journal of School Nursing, 31(1), 70-76. doi:10.1177/1059840514523295. PMID: 24526571

Fleming, S., Vandermause, R. & Shaw, M.R. (2014). Birthing-in-an-Electronic-World: First-Time Mothers Experiences of Self-preparing for Hospital Birthing with the Internet. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 32(3), 240-253. doi:10.1080/02646838.2014.886104

Shaw, M.R. & Oneal, G. (2014). Living on the Edge of Asthma: A Grounded Theory Exploration. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 19(4), 296-307. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12080. PMID: 24888671

Shaw, M.R., Daratha, K., Odom- Maryon, T., & Bindler, R.C. (2013). Pediatric Patients with Asthma: A High-Risk Population for Subsequent Hospitalization. Journal of Asthma, 50(6), 548-54. doi:10.3109/02770903.2013.790414. PMID: 23544368

Shaw, M.R. & Davis, A.H.T. (2011). Perceptions of exercise among school aged children with asthma. Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, 2(5), 233-240. doi:10.1177/2150129710397885


Updated 5/18/15